A reminder as to how difficult Obama's position is and how ticklish international diplomacy can be, in HurriyetDailyNews, Erdal Saglam details Turkish fears about what joining an embargo would do to Turkey’s relations with Russia and to its economy. In SpeigelOnline Gregor Peter Schmitz recounts the EU’s reluctance to institute tough sanctions that would be a two-edged sword. And in an opinion piece in the Prague Post from January, Joschka Fischer, former leader of the German Green Party, considers past failures by the EU to recognize Putin’s overall designs and to anticipate them meaningfully.
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